Atiba Hutchinson, Christine Sinclair Named Canadian Players Of The Year

The PSV Eindhoven man picks up the award for the first time ever, while Sinclair picks up her sixth consecutive award.
The Canadian Soccer Association announced Atiba Hutchinson and Christine Sinclair as the 2010 Canadian Players of the Year, decided in a vote shared by both the Canadian media and Canadian coaches.

Hutchinson, a midfielder, joined PSV Eindhoven in the summer transfer window after a spell at F.C. Copenhagen where he helped the team to four Danish Superliga titles and was named the 2010 Danish Superliga and F.C. Copenhagen player of the year. Since joining PSV, he has started all but one of the club's Eredivisie matches and helped the club to the top of their Europa League group.

"This is a fantastic achievement for Atiba and well deserved," said Canadian men's national coach Stephen Hart. "He has worked hard for what he has achieved. He always answers the call to represent his country and he is a terrific ambassador. I wish him well and urge him to continue enjoying his soccer."

Hutchinson has also earned 50 caps and scored four goals for the Canadian senior national team, with his most recent goal coming in a 2-2 draw at Ukraine on Oct. 8, 2010. He beat out Toronto FC's Dwayne DeRosario for the award, collecting 31.4% of the vote compared to DeRosario's 24.6%.

Sinclair, meanwhile, is no stranger to the award, having won it the previous five years as well. She easily won with 46.1% of the vote, 30% more than her nearest competitor. She was a key contributor in FC Gold Pride's dominant run to the 2010 WPS title, scoring ten goals and adding nine assists. Since Gold Pride folded, Sinclair has signed with WPS expansion side Western New York Flash.

For the women's national team, Sinclair led the line once again, scoring 12 goals in 15 matches and leading the team to a record-tying 13 wins, the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup title and a berth in the 2011 Women's World Cup. She now has 147 caps, a record for the Canadian national team, and 111 goals, the sixth-most for any female player worldwide.

"Christine is a complete soccer player," said Canadian national head coach Carolina Morace. "She is smart, fast, she has good vision of the game and she is able to read the match excellently. She puts her skill and talent into the team and this allows the team to grow. I’m very proud to coach her."

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